• Books and Busts
    Book Reviews,  Character

    The Daly Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

    This review has been a long time in the making! The Daily Stoic contains 366 days of quotes from the great Stoic philosophers and a short analysis of each of them. You can take each day as its printed and study the quote and take from it what you will. It’s easy to slot into your daily or morning routine as it takes about 5-10 minutes at most to read, review and apply the daily lesson. Some of the lessons may seem obvious, while some may be more profound. Even the books recommends you journal: At the end of each day, he would ask himself variations of the following questions:…

  • Code of the Extraordinary Mind
    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws

    I first read The Code of the Extraordinary Mind when it was released in 2016 and have both the Kindle and Audible versions. One for reading on the go, and the other for more detailed study. After reading The Buddha and the Badass, I thought it was time to revisit the work and get to grips with the concepts in a more internalised way. One of the excellent ideas behind this book is the inclusion of an online experience which is much greater than your traditional book bonuses which many books now provide links to. Vishen and his Mindvalley team created an online set of materials at Mindvalley that support…

  • What It Takes to Be Free
    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    What It Takes to Be Free

    The book popped up as a recommendation and I had not come across Darius before taking a chance on this book. What I discovered was a succinct journey into yourself to help you achieve your own personal freedom, however you may define it. The book is in three parts: Awareness, The Price, and The Plan. The third part is the magic ingredient in this book. Awareness The first part talks about what happiness is and what it takes of ourselves to be able to set out on the road to personal freedom. Each chapter is short and to the point. The first question is simply “What is freedom?” and the…

  • Cynthia Johnson
    Book Reviews,  Career

    Platform (The Art and Science of Personal Branding)

    Platform is a book about personal branding and how Cynthia created her own platform to represent herself across the social channels, how she ‘growth hacked’ her profiles to connect to the right people, and the strategies she employed (which you can use too) to accurately position and define how she wanted to be seen online. The book contains a number of easily actionable ‘quick-wins’ in the early stages then delves deeper into game theory and the need to consider the algorithms the social media platforms use when connecting with others; which Cynthia calls the invisible third-party in the connection. The book also contains a lot of other interesting information outside…

  • Make Memories all over the World
    Book Reviews,  Character,  Life Vision

    The Motivation Manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power

    Narrated by Brendon, this audiobook is akin to having a pep-talk from the author himself. He encourages you to rise above mediocrity and reclaim your personal power and strive to make a difference in the world, at whatever level this means for you. He covers similar ground to other books of this ilk, so you will find some of it familiar territory if you read in this genre, but his choice of language and delivery in the audiobook is inspiring and a very deliberate ‘manifesto’ in the real sense that you can use as the template for your amazing life. Having listened to it twice now (and I will again…

  • Dog in the arms of her owner
    Book Reviews,  Emotional Life,  Spiritual Life

    The Safest Place Possible: A Guide to Healing and Transformation

    This is a book that puts you ahead of the BS that boils around you every day and encourages you to find your own Safest Place. Covering most of life’s scenarios with insight from the author’s own life, as well as others, this book places your wellbeing at the centre-stage of your life. If you have been searching for answers and feel your life disconnected in some way, or have been unhappy and felt you have been giving too much of your own power or joy away, read this book and embrace its wisdom. My own path led me to this book over the last year and the spiritual/personal lessons…

  • Man kissing woman while sitting on railings during night
    Book Reviews,  Love Life

    The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts

    This book has been in print for 25 years, and the audio version for a good percentage of it. It has become an international phenomenon and has spawned numerous variations for specific sub-sets of people and now boasts an app with a quiz which you can share with your partner to find the best ways to communicate in your languages of love. This is a juggernaut of a book. I am not a psychologist and I respect the work that Gary Chapman has put in to distil years of clinical notes down into a pattern which emphasises 5 different ways we communicate love to each other and explains how we…

  • Ferris Wheel
    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    Life’s Golden Ticket – A Story About Second Chances

    I have followed the work of Brendon Burchard since the beginning of 2019 when I joined his transformation week and started learning more about myself and his high-performance methodology. I have taken a few of his courses and watched his YouTube videos, read his High-Performance Habits book and bought the planner of the same name. But none of it really stuck until I stumbled upon this parable – a fictionalized account of one man’s journey through a “theme park of life” after being implored by his dying fiancée to go and discover it for himself. So why was this book so different? It’s a story, and I like stories. I…

  • Steampunk Astrolabe
    My Approach

    Self-Help Books – Further Thoughts on the Journey

    A short while ago I wrote a post titled Why Self-Help Books Don’t Work. I have been reflecting on this and found an alternative angle to better understand it. The human experience is complex. We each have different life events and each affects us individually. This map of experience is often uncharted and key points along the timeline have a significant impact on us. These can be positive or negative and I discuss the concept of reviewing your life story further in Finding My Authenticity: Breaking My Chains. I have always had an interest in astronomy, even from a young age at school, and went on to work on cosmology…

  • Rupi Kaur Poetry - Milk & Honey
    Book Reviews,  Life Vision

    Think & Grow Rich

    In this video summary from the 2000 Books channel on YouTube, Mani Vaya presents a great overview and distillation of the book. The main points are presented succinctly and with enough depth to understand the key elements that yield success – and this is not just financial, but also personal. Think & Grow Rich is one of the foundation books in this genre that has been recommended over and over again, and much of what is presented today by the many modern coaches, speakers and trainers are essentially different versions of the contents of this book with their own angles and nuances. This video summary talks about how we can…